Volume 2 * Issue 6 * Spring 2012
From the Chair
It has been an exciting year so far and we are looking forward to a fantastic convention, Dance Up a Storm. It will be Vancouver's third convention, so hang on because they know how to throw a great party. As you get prepped for your trip, remember that a majority of us will be visiting another country so be sure to have all the appropriate paperwork in order so that you can have a worry-free and wonderful time. We look forward to seeing you all.
As we prepare for the Executive Board meeting in Vancouver, the officers have decided to email the agenda and packet information to clubs and the official delegates that are registered on the IAGSDC® website. Due to the cost of printing, we WILL NOT be providing a printed copy at the meeting. It will be up to each delegate to come to the meeting prepared with their own packet. We will also provide a link on the website for anyone else interested in downloading the information. The IAGSDC® wants the information provided in delegate's packet to be shared with their member clubs and we hope this will increase the awareness of the information it contains ahead of the meeting. Over the last twelve months the officers and I have worked hard to make sure the IAGSDC® is stable organization with a steady plan for the future. We are working to keep up with how clubs are functioning and how we need to communicate with member clubs and the square dance community.
We do not want to lose contact with IAGSDC® clubs and their members. At last years Executive Board meeting, the officers were told that much of the communication that was being sent out was not getting to the clubs. So we've made changes to how we update club and contact information along with making clubs aware of who is responsible for receiving and updating club information. We want to make sure that you are all informed, by using Facebook, Twitter, our website and this newsletter we hope to achieve that goal. But we also need your ongoing help, by being aware of who should be delivering information at the local level and making sure they are consistently communicating with your club. As you will read through this issue you will see several projects that we believe will benefit clubs and steamline our communication process.
We also don't want to lose sight of the need to reach out to communities and attract new dancers. The Petersen Fund has been an amazing gift to our association over its lifetime and as it winds down, we need to help clubs transition to the process that All Join Hands will have in place to grant funds for projects and promotion. We will be working with All Join Hands to smooth this process and make sure that the work of the Petersen Fund will continue.
Thank you and see you in a square soon,
Over the past year, a lot of work has been going on to improve the interface to our website. The re-vamped site will be released in late July, after convention in Vancouver. Here's some examples of the changes:
New in this version is an improved navigation menu, grouping all the information you need into one set of menus. The menus will change depending on whether you are logged in to the system, and on what permissions you have to change or view content. Also new, is the grouping of our social media tools. This brings together our Twitter and Facebook feeds,our Youtube channel, and links to allow you to send a tweet directly to all IAGSDC® members, or to suggest a video that we should add to the IAGSDC® channel.
One of the most popular pages is the Event Calendar. A new search feature has been added to allow easy searching for fly-ins, conventions, and other types of event, and by location (state/region) or caller. All events will now be included in the main events listing. for easier access (Previously, we listed one-day events on a separate page)
Informational sections are also being improved, with articles that explain how the IAGSDC® runs, and help for dancers interested in creating their own clubs.
There are many more changes to the public content, but some of the biggest changes are 'behind the scenes'. These affect the event registration system. This has been streamlined with new menus, reports, and features to make event management easier. New features will help clubs add PayPal options to their events, as well as increasing accuracy of dancer registrations, eliminating accidental duplication of user profiles. More details will be available at convention in Vancouver
It's My Column
Dance Up A Storm
A wonderful opportunity to experience a great city at a perfect time of year, with more than 800 of your closest square dance friends. The members of Squares Across The Border are very excited to be hosting Dance Up A Storm The 29th Annual IAGSDC® Convention in Vancouver at The Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Summer in Vancouver!
We are in the heart of downtown for this convention, in close proximity to great shopping and amazing restaurants. Yaletown, Gastown and Granville Island are all a short walk or brief transit trip away. For those looking for a "gay old time", the Gay Village is only 10 minutes away. A few blocks north, the Seawall calls the walkers to the Harbour and Stanley Park, eventually leading to English Bay.
You will be swept off your feet by the energy and skill of the best Square Dance Callers, who will join with us to create an unforgettable experience for everyone. Summer in Vancouver is spectacular, warm but not hot, with the gentle breezes from the Pacific ocean coming in off the coast. We look forward to welcoming you with good, old fashioned Canadian hospitality, sharing an amazing weekend, and then bidding farewell with a promise to ''See you in San Francisco".Our Home Is Open For You ~ We Can Hardly Wait!
The Petersen Fund & Rainbow Trust
New Travelling Displays
New IAGSDC® Traveling Displays
After feedback from a number of member clubs, the IAGSDC® Board looked at options to update and improve the usefulness of the promotional displays. Successfully used over the past years the existing displays and cases were becoming well worn. In addition, the shipping and handling costs were creeping up and toting the heavy units to fairs, festivals and other fetes was always a challenge. So The IAGSDC® Club Liaison using the donated vertical display stands from Fruit Cup, LLC and Chi-Town Shakedown 2010 and complimentary art development and production services created two new vertical displays for us in the US and Canada.
The new displays shown in the picture are lightweight, inexpensive to ship, set up quickly and can be used in a variety of venues. The ordering information remains the same via the links from the IAGSDC.org home page. So place your order for the vertical display, nylon banner (have you had a banner dance lately?) and brochures for your next promotional event. Please be sure to allow at least three weeks prior to your event to ensure availability and delivery time. There is no cost to member clubs thanks in part to the generous support of All Join Hands.
The IAGSDC® BoardChairperson - Bob Hazen
Vice-Chairperson - Keith Gehrig / / Secretary - Kent Tolleson
Treasurer - Michael Pemberton / / Club Liason Officer - Phil Davis
International Association of Gay Square Dance ClubsFor more information on the IAGSDC®, please go to the interactive web site at:www.iagsdc.org
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Denver, CO 80209-0176
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